CLIMATE CHANGE AND XENOPHOBIA
In April 2015, the mainly urban areas of KwaZulu-Natal exprienced an upurge in violent attacks against citizens of other countries ("foreign nationals), following a controversial speech by King Goodwill Zwelithini. It was not the first time.
In 2011, BESG launched a pilot project supporting peri-urban and rural communities in developing resilience to the impact of climate change called "Greener Pastures." Explaining concepts such as global warming to rural communities who had very low level of formal education - particular in isisZulu - was huge challenge. Executive Director Cameron Brisbane and Facilitator Bonnie Muthwa co-wrote a script for a street theatre production, Act 3 of which reflected on: The impact of severe weather patterns on regional food security, the need for crop replacement programmes, the social and ecenomic value of waste recyling , the historical struggle against apartheid, and xenophobia.
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